Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Intestinal worms are quite common in cats, especially kittens because some worms can pass from the mother to the kitten. We recommend regular deworming to keep your cat in top health. Another reason for deworming your cat is that some worms can be passed on to humans. Regular deworming is a safe and easy way to protect against infestations in cats and humans.
Roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms are the most commonly seen intestinal parasites found in cats. These parasites can be seen in the animal’s vomit or feces. Tapeworms can also be found in segments stuck to the hair around the anus. Contact our clinic if you have any questions or concerns about intestinal parasites in your cat.
If my cat has worms, what symptoms should I look for?
Parasite detection can be tricky in otherwise healthy adult cats, which is why prevention is highly recommended. However, if you do suspect worms, some signs to watch for are lethargy, weight-loss, pot belly appearance, vomiting worms or diarrhea. If your cat is infested with tapeworms, you may also see small segments of worms stuck to the hairs around the anus.
Are worms dangerous to humans?
Worms can pass from cats to humans. The most common route of infection is ingesting the eggs which are passed through the feces. This can happen in different ways, but one example is improperly washing fruits and vegetables that have come into contact with infected feces. The most commonly infested people are children. The best defence is to always wash your hands and food well and stay on top of prevention procedures for your cat.
What is the deworming schedule?
Deworming schedules vary widely depending on age and lifestyle. Kittens should be dewormed at least twice, while adult cats can range from monthly to annually schedules depending on the lifestyle. Deworming schedules are discussed in the cat’s yearly health exam.
Are there any side effects of deworming medication?
Side effects are not very common but may include vomiting and diarrhea, which may consist of worms depending on the severity of the infestation.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Animal Medical Centre North